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Gambian Coup Leader Leaves Prison After Court Overturns Sentence

Monday, 11 May 2015 09:08 PM

Gambia has released the former head of naval staff after the Supreme Court overturned his conviction of treason and conspiring to overthrow the West African nation’s government, the Foroyaa newspaper reported.

Fafana was given a 50-year jail term in 2011 for his role in organizing a failed attempt to oust President Yahya Jammeh in 2006. Fafana was charged alongside former chief of defense staff, Lang Tombong Tamba, who has been acquitted on two of four similar charges by the Supreme Court.

Foroyaa cited family members as saying they had been reunited with Fafana.

Jammeh, 49, seized power more than two decades ago in a military coup. The leader has fended off previous coup attempts, most recently in December when soldiers and an ex-leader of the State Guard led an unsuccessful attack on the presidential palace in Gambia’s capital, Banjul. Three Americans have been implicated in the plot.


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